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Alex Smith has external fixator removed from leg

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith had his surgically implanted external fixator removed Monday — marking a positive development for the 35-year-old quarterback eight months after suffering a horrific leg injury against the Houston Texans.

Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, revealed the news on Instagram. It is not known when Smith first had the device implanted, but the quarterback was first seen with it publicly at a Washington Wizards game in January.

An external fixator — which had wires pierced through Smith’s leg to the outer rings over the device — is often used to stabilize a broken leg. In November, Smith broke his fibula and tibia — an injury that has led to more than a half-dozen surgeries.